Banks, Edwards could make an impact

Updated: April 29, 2003, 12:15 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
When the NFL took down the big top on Sunday, 262 players were drafted. But no sooner than the Oakland Raiders made receiver Ryan Hoag this year's Mr. Irrelevant, another, more competitive circus opened. With hundreds of talented college players available as free agents, teams were frantically trying to sign players before other teams got the drop on them.

"It's extremely competitive," Vinny Cerrato, the Washington Redskins' director of player personnel, told the Washington Post. "With some of these guys, there are 17 or 18 teams after them. It's all the same guys that people are after."

And while most of the players picked up after the draft won't be in the NFL after training camp, many have a shot to stick.